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Oh, boy, another great Florida idea for a new ‘well-run’ agency | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
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Published Oct. 27

What could go wrong?

Can Florida quit OSHA? | Oct. 23

What a terrific idea! I can’t wait to see more wonderful work by another Florida state agency. Our unemployment agency is the very model of Florida state incompetence and dishonesty. I’ve been trying to think of any part of the state government that is doing a competent, honest job. I can’t.

Joe Crites, Clearwater

Oil rigs aren’t scenic

California spill a reminder of dark days for Florida’s coasts in 2010 | Column, Oct. 25

For those of you contemplating the pros and cons of offshore oil drilling, I would suggest you take a trip to California and drive the Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu to Santa Barbara. Along the way you will have the pleasure of seeing numerous offshore rigs. Ask yourself if this is the view you want to see from your high-rise condo as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.

Charles Goding, Kenneth City

What is a ‘forensic’ audit?

Moody’s Lawyers mocked suit to toss votes | Oct. 26

I’m reading more stories about the 2020 election, and those who don’t like the results. In one (“Moody’s Lawyers mocked suit to toss votes”), “irregularities” are alleged. In another (“Elections supervisors urge voters to reject false claims, audits”), a “forensic audit” is demanded. I have seen these terms used in similar context many times, but not once have I seen either term defined, as it applies to voting. What, exactly, constitutes a voting “irregularity,” and why is it detrimental? What makes a “forensic” audit any different from your basic garden variety audit?

Chas. E. Lehnert, Sun City Center

On the fringe

State’s top doctor refuses mask, is ousted from meeting | Oct. 25

It is frightening that a physician with the highest level of medical authority in Florida, and whom is relied upon by state legislators and the general public for his expertise and knowledge to protect the health of all Floridians, would refuse to wear a mask in the office of a state senator who is immunocompromised because she has breast cancer. Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s actions reflect a dangerous divergence from community medical standards. How in the world can this man be seriously considered a trusted resource of medical knowledge? Dr. Ladapo operates in the far fringe of medical science, and I believe he is unfit to be the surgeon general of Florida.

Tim McClain, St. Pete Beach